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Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as Rama IX, was the longest-serving head of state and monarch in Thai history, serving for 70 years. He died on October 13, 2016, following several years of illness. Widely respected at home and abroad, he was credited with restoring the prestige of the previously floundering institution of Thai monarchy and unifying a country beset with deep-seated political divisions.

A volunteer holds dok mai chan used to mark the royal cremation ceremony. Two provincial governors have been transferred and denied new posts for shaming the ceremony. Photo: Bangkok Post

Thai governors transferred over botched ceremonies for late king

Two provincial governors accused of mishandling funeral flower-laying ceremonies for the late Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej have been transferred to inactive posts at the Prime Minister’s Office, according to the country’s interior minister Anupong Paojinda.